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I finished another necklace this week with this one being completed last night. With purchasing the bail making pliers this past weekend as I mentioned in this post, I have been able to move forward and complete a lot of projects lately as the pliers have enabled me to create clasps, jump rings, chain links and other hardware that I didn’t have the ability to make before. I don’t have to stop and run to the craft store when I need something as I can now make it myself. It’s very liberating (I’m not limited to what’s in the craft store) as well as allows me to be as creative as I want with my pieces. I promise to share a few tutorials with you about how to use the bail making pliers to create some simple items. I’m thinking that since I have been making and showing a lot of clasps, that I’ll show you how to create those first. Make sure to check back for the tutorials. Now onto the rest of my post about the necklace I completed yesterday.

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant

The pendant part to this necklace was cast out of resin with a bumble bee that I had found a few seasons ago while cleaning. The poor little guy was one of those dead buggers that you find inside your window. He was so pretty that I just had to save him to put into a future casting.  

When I finished casting and finishing the resin bumble bee, I mounted the piece to a brass bezel so that I could mount it to a leather cord. The one that I used for this piece is this brass bezel by Vintaj.  

Resin Bumble Bee Pendant Closeup

I finished the necklace off by making wire coil end caps/crimp ends for the leather cord of the necklace and a hook for the clasp. The Cerebral Dilettante has an excellent tutorial on how to make your own coil crimp ends if you are interested in learning how to make and use these in your jewelry designs. I used 16 gauge brass wire for both the wire coil end caps/crimp ends and the hook clasp. 

Resin Bumble Bee Necklace

I’m still debating whether or not I want to keep this piece for myself or not. I’m so in love with it, it might end up in my jewelry box. What do you think?

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I have finished my mixed metal feather necklace and am pretty excited to share it with all of you. I got to use my bail making pliers that I introduced to you in my previous post to create the clasp (hook and eye) for this. I will be putting together a tutorial in a future post to show you how I created this type of clasp, so make sure to check back for details. Here is a picture of the hook park of the clasp before I put it on the necklace:

Handmade clasp

Here is another picture of the clasp shown on the necklace. It  shows a nice close up of the chain links that were also created with wire and wire wrapping techniques:

Clasp and Chain on Feather Necklace

Here is a picture of the completed necklace:

Feather Necklace

I used copper, brass, and silver toned metal/wire for the hardware/chain. Two turquoise beads accent the area where the chain becomes tiered with the feathers. The bottom, middle feather is accented with a really pretty abalone bead that has three different sides to it. I also used silver/clear colored seed beads and bronze glass beads as accent beads throughout the piece. The feathers are random ones that I have collected from craft projects over the years. Isn’t the subtle green flash on the one feather so pretty when matched with the turquoise bead? I love it!

Detail on feather necklace

I had fun making this piece and plan on doing more with beads, wire/wire wrapping and feathers. I also have a few feather earrings that I am currently working on as well. I’ll be posting about those when they are completed. 

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Yesterday I finally was able to purchase a pair of bail making pliers (pictured above) that I have had on my wish list for awhile. Thanks to all the holiday sales that are going on currently, the pliers were a great deal at my local Hobby Lobby. I only ended up paying around $10.00 for them including tax (retail $15.99).  I purchased the largest size (6mm & 8.5mm) as I already own wire looping and round nose pliers that can do similar work like the smaller bail making pliers. If you can’t find these at your local Hobby Lobby, you can also find these at most jewelry supply stores (local and online) as well as at Amazon.

This particular size of bail making pliers is great for me because I can now make even more different types of clasps (such as a hook and eye) out of  much sturdier/thicker gauge wire, hence why I also bought the spool of 16 gauge wire shown in the images above.

You can also do the following with these pliers as well:

  • make ear wires for earrings
  • bend wire, filigree, and small pieces of sheet metal to make bails & other curved designs for jewelry
  • coil wire to make jump rings (6mm & 8.5mm)
In future posts, I will show you how to use these pliers to make these items, so stay tuned!
 

 -Dana
 

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Just wanted to share a picture of what I currently have on my project board: a three tiered/layered feather necklace done in brass and silver tone metal. I’m still working on the closure and top part of the chain and figuring out if I want to add any other embellishments.

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I have great news for those of you who are interested in making the wire cage pendant that I talked about in my previous post. I had mentioned that I had learned how to create these from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques. While looking through Pinterest over the weekend, I discovered that the publisher had posted two PDF projects with detailed instructions from the book as teasers and the wire cage “pod” pendant was one of the projects included, so I wanted to pass this along to my readers so that you can try out this project for yourself. Click here to be directed to the publisher’s website and to the link where the PDF is located. You’ll need to scroll through the text to get to the PDF for the wire pod pendant. There is also a really awesome PDF for a spiral beaded bracelet as well. I recommend checking both out, and if you like these, make sure to check out the entire book for even more great projects.

Here are some pictures of another wire cage pendant that I created yesterday. For reference, I used the following materials for this piece:

I enclosed the following objects in the piece:

 

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I’ve been teaching myself how to create wire cages over the last few days so that I could make wire cage pendants for placing delicate objects such as small shells & crystals and other found objects that wouldn’t hold up to being directly wire wrapped into a piece.

Here is the first finished piece that I created:

 

If you are interested in learning how to make wire cages,  I learned how to do so from Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s book  Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques:

Definitely a great book to get you started if you want to start learning wire working in jewelry and don’t know where to start. It will help you learn the basics of wire working as well as go over the basic tools you need. It also gives you a nice mix of beginner through advanced projects so you don’t get bored. I highly recommend it.

Today, I plan on going to buy some more brass and copper wire so that I can experiment more as these cage pendents are really super fun to make.

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In my previous post, I had mentioned that I had created screw eye posts from scratch for the resin tile in my turquoise and brass bracelet. I would like to share how I created those with my readers as I am sure many of you have run into the same issue where you’d like to have your own screw eyes for your resin pieces. It’s especially nice when you are working in different metals and aren’t able to find matching findings at your local or online craft or jewelry supply store. The first thing you will want to do is gather your supplies for this. Since I used all brass colored findings, it was important for me to match my wire to this, so I used the following wire for my screw eyes:

Please note that you can use any type of wire for yours, but it is a good idea to match the gauge of your wire to the rest of your project, especially if you are using chain or lots of jump rings. You want the gauge of the findings to match one another so the piece has a consistent weight and holds together nicely.

Next, you will need some basic wire wrapping tools; these will help you form your screw eyes:

 
Now, the fun begins!
 
  1. To start making one screw eye, cut off about 1.5 inches of wire from your spool of wire.
  2. Using the wire looping pliers, form a loop in your wire by folding it in half.
  3. Hold this loop with your wire looping pliers and grab one of the ends wrapping it twice around the other piece of wire, which will be the post part of your screw eye.
  4. Cut the tail off of the piece of wire that you wire wrapped around the other end (the post part of your screw eye) with the wire/flush cutter pliers.
  5. Straighten out the post part of your screw eye and fix any bumps or irregularities with the nylon jaw chain nose pliers.
  6. If you find that your screw eye post is too long, you can shorten it to suit your needs by cutting it with the wire/flush cutter pliers.

Here are what your finished screw eyes should look like:

They look especially nice when placed into resin tiles as such:

 

Please note that when I drilled the holes for these, I made it so that the spiraled part of the screw eye would be set into the resin, so I had to use a drill bit that was just a little bit of a larger gauge than the wire I used for this project. This enabled me to be able to “screw” my handmade eye posts into the piece like a regular machine made screw eye. To finish things off, I used Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy to set my screw eyes into my resin title. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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This is my next bracelet, which is made from a resin tile cast with baby pine cones from may backyard and a feather I had found. I decided to use all brass findings for this to keep with the natural, warm coloring of the resin tile. As a result of this, I had a hard time finding screw eye posts for the resin tile that matched my wire, jump rings and chain, so I decided to make my own (as shown in the picture below). I will show you how I did this in my next post, so stay tuned!

 

Here are the pictures of the finished bracelet. I used turquoise for the main beads of the bracelet and bronze colored crystal beads for the accents.

 

 

 

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This next piece is a bracelet that I call the Remembrance Bracelet as the main center part contains some parts of vintage rosaries that had fallen in disrepair, which my grandmother had collected over the years because she couldn’t bear to part with rosaries that she has used. I thought it was very fitting to cast these pieces into resin and give them new life as beautiful bracelets. Here are some pictures of the first version of the bracelet that I made:

 

I soon discovered that the bracelet was much too long, so I removed a bead link from the center of each side and then the piece was just the right size! Let me know what you think.

 

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Here is my first official post. I am going to keep it short for right now as it is getting late, but I wanted to share a few quick pictures of the necklace that I just finished up the other night. The pendant piece is of a moth, which I found outside my house last Fall, embedded in casting resin. I set the pendant piece on a brass bezel and created the necklace part from brass wire and chain that I accented with crystals and freshwater pearls.

Now, here are the pictures:


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